Virginia – As parents prepare to return their children to classrooms, new members of Virginia’s school board made their first public appearance Wednesday to discuss revisions made to the history and social sciences curriculum. We have gathered.
The new board has five new members appointed by Gov. Glenn Youngkin. His remaining four were appointed by former Governor Ralph Northam.
During Wednesday’s all-day board meeting, board members touched on a variety of topics, including examining how history and social sciences are taught in classrooms in Virginia.
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“These proposals include greater coverage of black history and greater inclusion and representation of minority groups in Virginia and U.S. history,” said Frank Callahan, Virginia NAACP school board member. These recommendations must remain in the revised standard.”
Speakers at Wednesday’s meeting expressed hope that the Board would finalize the 402-page draft, which has been in the works for two years. However, members of the Board of Directors are currently undergoing a review process of the changes made.
The school board reviews the standards of learning every seven years, but this time the process is moving very slowly, according to the speaker.
Governor Glenn Youngkin stopped by Wednesday’s meeting to address some concerns.
“Let me be clear, I want you to tell me all our history in Virginia, the good and the bad,” Youngkin said. “We have an extraordinary history. In fact, it’s an extraordinary history that’s not only the history of Virginia, but the history of this country.
For some, including Virginia Attorney General Jason Myares, one change stands out in particular.
The change would remove the lesson that James Madison is being called the father of the Constitution.
Governor Youngkin said the review “is an opportunity to set the standard for educating children in every lesson. This is the moment to seriously consider how we teach the topics that matter most.” increase.
A committee including educators, parents, students and historians worked on the proposed changes.
A full draft of the proposed changes can be found here.